Talking About The Boondocks
Candice Wiggins breaks down an episode of TV’s funniest show.
by Candice Wiggins | @CandiceWiggins
The inner geek in me loves book reports.
The inner cool in me loves The Boondocks.
Season 1, Episode 1: “The Garden Party“
Synopsis: Granddad’s perpetual fear that Huey and Riley will embarrass him in front of their new neighbors reaches paranoid heights when the family attends a stuffy, high-class garden party. The good news: Only one person gets shot.
1. “I am not a prophet. But sometimes I have prophetic dreams…” –Huey
2. (Granddad): “S-see! That’s what I’m talkin’ about right there! We don’t use the ‘N-word’ in this house!”
(Huey): “Granddad you said the word n**** 46 times yesterday. I counted!”
(Granddad): “N**** hush!”
3. “You shot me! Granddad tried to assassinate me!” –Riley
4. “Granddad, I do not sip tea with the enemy.” –Huey
5. (Riley):“Why can’t we be ourselves, huh?! Why can’t I be me…are you ashamed of us–?”
6. (Granddad): “Didn’t ask?? Well you didn’t ask for us to be attacked by dogs and firehoses so you can live here, but we did it anyway—”
(Huey): “Oooh! Here he go again with the dogs and the firehoses!”
(Granddad): “We WERE attacked by dogs and firehoses!”
(Huey): “Were YOU attacked?”
(Granddad): [pause] “I-I don’t know what difference that makes.”
(Huey): “Because it’s like the WHOLE generation tries to take credit for what happened to SOME people.”
(Granddad): “Now that’s ridiculous! See what had happened was….”
7. “Bet you wish you had your raincoat right now!” –Young Granddad, at a Civil Rights protest march
8. “Well I’m Ruckus…Uncle Ruckus. (No relation).” –Uncle Ruckus
9. “See boys? And you thought we’d be the only black people…” –Granddad
Satire: (n) the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to criticize faults.
To me, the most powerful element of satire to watch for in this episode is the flashback scene where Granddad brings Huey and Riley back to the Civil Rights Movement. The fact that Granddad justifies his absence from the rally by going home to “get his raincoat” paints the picture that Huey draws when he says “the WHOLE generation tries to take credit for what happened to SOME people.” I never thought about the discrepancy among generations in regards to the Civil Rights Movement until I saw this episode.
Always fun discussing the Boondocks….if you’ve seen this episode, let me know what YOU think! Which of my “dope quotes” do you like the best?? And just thoughts on this episode in general…great minds think alike!
Episode 2: “The Trial of Robert Kelly” coming soon!